Applies to

Surface RT, Surface 2, Surface 3, Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3, Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1.

Play music on Surface

With Xbox Music you can play music in your collection, stream music or buy music from the Xbox Music Store. You can also discover new music by creating a Radio station based on your favourite artists.

The Xbox Music app on Surface

Add music to your Music Library

Xbox Music automatically pulls in music from your Windows Music Library. Follow these steps to add music to your Music library:

Step 1: 

If the folder or location holding the music files is on an external hard drive or removable media such as a USB flash drive or microSD card, make sure the hard drive or removable media is connected to your Surface and that you can open it.

  • You can include files and folders that are on a USB flash drive or microSD card or other external storage location in your Music library, but the files and folders will be available only when the USB flash drive or microSD card is connected.
  • It’s best to copy the music files to your Surface and complete the following steps so that if you disconnect or remove the storage media from your Surface, the music files will still appear in your Music Library.
Step 2:  From the Start screen, tap or click Desktop
(or press Windows logo key windows logo+ D).

If you don’t see Desktop on the Start screen, swipe up and tap or click Desktop in Apps view.
Step 3:  Tap or click File Explorer.
Step 4:  Browse to the folder of music files that you want to add, then press and hold or right-click it.
Step 5:  Tap or click Include in library, then select Music.

For more info about Libraries, see Libraries: How to add or remove a folder.

Play music from your Xbox Music collection

Here's how to play music from your Xbox Music collection:

Step 1:  From the Start screen, tap or click Music.

If prompted, sign in with your Microsoft account.

Step 2:  On the left, tap or click Collection.
Step 3:  Under Collection, tap or click Albums, Artists, or Songs to view your music library in different ways. Or, on the left, use the Search box to find what to play.

No music? If your Collection is empty, add songs to your Music folder and they'll appear in the Music app. If your music is on another computer that’s part of your home network (home group), you can join the home group and listen to music without copying it to your Surface.

You can also add music from removable media such as a USB flash drive or microSD card. For more info, see Surface storage options.

For help copying music to your Music library, see Move files to your Surface.

To learn how to listen to music on your home network, see Share files on a home network or your Surface.

  • To get a louder sound, connect external speakers to the headset jack or USB port on your Surface, or wirelessly connect speakers by using Bluetooth®.
  • If you’re on the desktop and you’re listening to songs in the Music app, you can play, pause, and skip songs without having to open the Music app again. Move your mouse pointer over the Music app button in the taskbar, or use the media keys on your keyboard or the volume buttons on your device at any time.

Stream music with the Xbox Music Pass

Try a subscription for Xbox Music Pass to stream or download millions of songs to your PC, Surface, Windows Phone or Xbox. To find out more, visit Xbox Music. And, you can create and save playlists for easy access to your favourite songs.

Some music app services aren’t available in all regions.

Here's how to stream music:

Step 1:  From the Start screen, tap or click Music.
Step 2:  Sign in to your Microsoft account if you haven’t done so yet.
Step 3:  In the search box, enter an artist, album or song, then tap or click the Search icon.
Step 4:  Choose the artist, album, or song that you want, then tap or click the Play button.

To find out more, visit Xbox Music.

Create a radio station

Want to create music for a certain mood or special event? The Radio feature in Xbox Music creates a dynamic playlist of songs from similar artists. Here's how to create a radio station:

Step 1:  Tap or click Radio.
Step 2:  Tap or click Start a station and type an artist’s name.

Buy songs and albums

You can buy albums and songs by your favourite artists right from Xbox Music by using the payment option associated with your Microsoft account.

Step 1:  In Xbox Music, enter the name of an artist, album or song in the Search box, then tap or click the Search icon.
Step 2:  Tap or click a song or album, tap or click Buy album or Buy song, and follow the on-screen instructions to buy it.
To see your payment and billing options, open the Settings charm and then tap or click Account.

Create and edit a playlist

Here's how to create a playlist:

Step 1:  In Xbox Music, on the left, tap or click New playlist.
Step 2:  Under Name this playlist, type a name for your playlist, then tap or click Save.
Step 3:  In your Collection, select an album or song, then tap or click Add to. Or just drag and drop songs and albums from anywhere in the app to add to your playlist.
You can also drag and drop songs within your playlist to reorder them.

Pin music to Start

Think you might play something frequently? Pin it to your Start screen. Here’s how:

Step 1:  Right-click or swipe across the item that you want to pin. This can be an album, artist, song, radio station, or even a whole playlist.
Step 2:  Tap or click Pin to start.

More music apps

You can browse the Windows Store for other music apps. Surface Pro includes the Windows Media Player desktop app.

Need help?

If you need help with Xbox Music, please see Xbox Music at